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Getting Ready for Your New Chinese Crested Puppy

Updated on October 14, 2014

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Your New Puppy is Coming!

You're excited! A new Chinese Crested puppy is coming into your life. Getting a new puppy is a lot like getting a new baby. Your puppy will need a lot of care and attention as she grows and learns about her new home and new people. She'll also need a lot of stuff.

We'll get into the stuff below, but before we do that let's make sure your home is ready for your Chinese Crested. Take a look at the areas where your puppy will be allowed to play and explore. You don't want to give him full reign of the house. He could get lost or hurt far too easily.

Start by allowing your puppy supervised access to a small number of areas in your home. Make sure these areas are free of anything your puppy could swallow or chew off and risk choking on. Make sure there is nothing poisonous your puppy could get into.

Your probably better off keeping your puppy on tile or hard wood surfaces as much as possible until he's made some progress house training. So if you can choose rooms without carpet you may be a happier puppy parent.

Once you know where you're going to let your puppy play and explore (outside and in) its time to get the stuff you'll need to take care of your sweet little Crested. A lot of items are the same for both hairless Chinese Crested and powderpuffs (those with hair all over their bodies) but there are a few differences. I'll point those out as we go.

Hairless Chinese Crested

A hairless Chinese Crested striking a pose.
A hairless Chinese Crested striking a pose. | Source

Food & Treats

You'll need to get your new puppy a high quality dog food that has meat (not meat byproducts) as one of its main ingredients. You'll want to get a puppy food for the first 6-9 months of your dog's life and then you can transition to an adult food. You can use either a dry or wet food. The most important thing is making sure the ingredients in the food you get are high quality.

For treats, its nice to get soft bites. Dogs love that chewy feel and find it very rewarding. Since you'll want to reward your dog for every good behavior at first from coming to you to going potty outside or on a pee pad you'll want lots of treats handy.

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Crate, Pen, Enzyme Cleaner, and Pee Pads

These items help with potty training and keeping your Chinese Crested cozy. Cresteds are not the easiest dogs to house train – partially due to their size and partially due to their personality. So you'll want to be ready for this task.

A crate provides a place for a dog to rest on her own. It's her personal space. The crate also puts your Crested in a space small enough she won't want to go potty in it. Dogs generally don't like going potty wear they sleep. You can use your crate to help potty train your puppy but remember to take your pup out often – even at night – if you use the crate.

A puppy can generally stay in a crate for 1 hour for every month old they are – plus 1. So a three month old puppy might be able to stay in a crate for up to 4 hours. I would suggest erring on the shorter side with Chinese Cresteds and not going more hours than how many months old they are. Also, never keep a dog in a crate more than 6 hours at a time.

What do you do when your dog does have an accident? Make sure to clean it up with a product designed to break down the enzymes in the urine so the smell doesn't stick around and make your puppy want to go potty there again.

You should also get a pen for your Chinese Crested. You don't need a big pen if you don't have room for one. You could try a 3 'x 3' pen that gives your pet a little room to move around when you can't directly supervise him.

Put the dog's bed in the pen. You may also consider putting training pads in the pen. As I said earlier, Chinese Cresteds can be hard to potty train and encouraging your pup to use a wee wee pad may make your life a little easier. Note that you can still work on getting your dog to go potty outside – the process just might take a little longer.

Hairless and Powderpuff Together

A hairless and powderpuff Chinese Crested showing why you need different grooming products.
A hairless and powderpuff Chinese Crested showing why you need different grooming products. | Source

Safari Pin Brush with Wood Handle


What brushes you need depends on whether you're getting a hairless or powderpuff Chinese Crested. If you're getting a hairless you'll need one slicker brush to brush your dog's legs, feet, tail, and head. If you're getting a powderpuff you'll need both a slicker brush and a pin brush to properly brush the dog's silky double coat.

Grooming a Hairless Chinese Crested

Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil or Coat Spray

Once again, exactly what bathing products you'll need depends upon if you are getting a hairless Chinese Crested or a powderpuff.

For the hairless puppy you'll want to get a shampoo and conditioner made with tea tree oil and aloe. This combination is soothing on the puppy's skin. You'll also want to get a lanolin free face lotion that says it doesn't clog pores. Hairless Cresteds can get acne if their pores get clogged. You can rub this oil onto your dog on a daily basis. You will also want to get a sunscreen to rub into your hairless' skin before going out in the sun.

For a powderpuff, you'll need to get a shampoo and conditioner made for a dog with silky hair. I also like to use a grooming spray made for silky coats. The spray helps your brush go through your dogs coat without harming the fine hairs. It also repels dirt.

Dog Tooth Brush and Toothpaste

You'll want to brush your dog's teeth at least once a week. Although Chinese Crested powderpuffs have normal dentition, the hairless dogs have what is called a “primitive mouth.” This means they can have an unusual combination of canine teeth and molars and can even be missing teeth. The mouths of hairless Chinese Cresteds need particular attention.


Chinese Cresteds do not need a special kind of bedding, but your dog will appreciate having a small cup or pillow to curl up on. Make sure the bed is made for dogs and doesn't have any pieces that your dog could chew off and swallow.

Harness & Lead

You'll need one or two harnesses, collars, and leads for your dog. I like to have one slip lead on hand for quick trips to the potty. A slip lead is actually a collar and lead in one. But for going on walks with your Crested consider using a martingale or harness with your lead. These types of collars don't put as much pressure on a young dog's neck.

A KONG Cozie Rhino to Play With


You'll want to have several different types of toys ready to go for your new puppy. Make sure you have some chew toys! Nylabone makes some good chews and Kong now makes a smaller version of its classic for little dogs. You could also get a soft toy like a KONG Cozie. Just make sure any soft toys you get don't have little pieces that break off easily and always take a toy away if your dog rips it open.

Sweaters (for Hairless)

If you're getting a hairless Chinese Crested you should consider getting some sweaters for your dog. Hairless Cresteds can get chilly fairly easily if they are out in colder temperatures or you keep your house on the colder side. Just make sure you get clothes that don't have pieces your dog could easily tear off and that you measure your dog so the clothes fit properly. Also, do NOT get a sweater or coat made from lanolin or wool. Many Chinese Cresteds are allergic to these and it's not worth taking the risk.

Chinese Crested powderpuffs can also need sweaters or coats in chilly weather, but due to their double coat the temperature has to be much colder before this is the case. That doesn't mean you can't get a sweater for your dog if you'd like, though!


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    • Teeuwynn Woodruff profile image

      Teeuwynn Woodruff 3 years ago from Washington State

      Thanks for your comment. Their ears are very similar to papillion ears, you're right.

    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I have never heard of this breed before - interesting. Their ears remind me of papillon. Well thought out hub and voted up.